In a not-at-all-watched runoff race for the Austin City Council in Texas, candidate Laura Pressley posted a graphic on her website explaining the differences between her and her opponent Gregorio Casar.
Most of it goes after his age and inexperience rather than his ideas — which suggests to me she has no ideas of her own worth fighting for — but she also highlights his faith as a problem:
Casar is a “self admitted atheist”! See that, everyone? Don’t vote for him!
Actually, Casar himself has said he’s Catholic, adding that going after someone’s religious beliefs are irrelevant if not inappropriate. I don’t think they’re irrelevant if they are a factor in your decision-making, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here. It’s just atheism used as a reason to disqualify a candidate. It’s a disgusting act by any politician.
Pressley, however, saw no problem with using Casar’s alleged atheism as a campaign target, even defending the practice on Facebook. The election takes place on December 16.
By the way, a commenter at WWJTD points out that Pressley’s own description says she’s been married for 15 years… yet is a grandmother. The math doesn’t quite work out if she’s itching for those conservative “values” voters.